DISA and DMA partner to host Federal Knowledge Management Working Group
Information is everywhere, but if it isn’t shared, found, or presented in the right manner, it’s worthless.
“You may be presenting information all the time, but the deluge might not be working. [You must] help the information be easier to find,” said Stuart Timerman, a speaker at the 26th quarterly Federal Knowledge Management Community (FKMC) meeting, held at Defense Media Activity (DMA) June 16.
Knowledge Management is defined by the FKMC as the process of capturing, developing, sharing, and effectively using organizational knowledge.
Timerman, who serves as vice director of the Development and Business Center at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), was one of several speakers who participated in the quarterly meeting hosted by DISA and DMA.
Nearly 50 people attended in person and more than 35 attended online.
This all-day quarterly event has been hosted online and in person at various federal agencies in the Washington area for almost seven years. Holding the event at DMA allowed personnel stationed at Fort Meade to attend in person without the burden of a lengthy commute to the district.
More than a third of attendees participated in the FKMC meeting for the first time, significantly adding to the diversity of the community, said Glenora Keeve, a meeting organizer and knowledge management specialist in the Development and Business Center at DISA.
More than 26 agencies sent representatives to participate, including the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, the Asymmetric Warfare Group, several Army units, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Attendees focused on improving information sharing within their organizations.
One of the hosts, Dr. Robert Hambly, the knowledge management specialist for DMA, expressed the most prevalent thought of the day, stating, “knowledge management should not be an ‘add on’ or ‘bolt on,’ it’s a discipline that needs to be incorporated in how we do business.”
John Holloway, knowledge management lead for the DOD Chief Information Officer, explained the soon-to-be published DOD Instruction 8220.a, which will establish a solitary definition of knowledge management and assign responsibilities. He said that successful knowledge management “connects those who know to those who need to know.”
Since its inception in 2010, the Federal Knowledge Management Community has worked to develop best practices of Knowledge Management for the federal government and DOD.
To learn more about Knowledge Management at DISA, please contact Glenora Keeve at 301-225-7058, DSN 375.